Movie: 'A Streetcar Named Desire'

Release Date: September 18, 1951

How It Got Made: As a medium that originated in the late 1800s, film was still very much a Victorian art form well into the middle of the next century. 'Streetcar,' perhaps more than any other movie, dragged the medium kicking and screaming into the 20th century and forced it to grow up. The attempt to adapt Tennessee Williams' landmark play for the screen met with epic censorship battles in Hollywood. Even in its tamer, abridged form, however, the movie version of 'Streetcar' became Hollywood's first movie that was strictly for adults. And Marlon Brando's raw, emotional performance in it forced a new kind of maturity into screen acting, which was never the same again.